The Alex Skolnick Trio will be on the road this December in support of their fourth album, Veritas (Palmetto). Blending the elegance and sophistication of jazz with the conviction of rock, the Trio’s supporters range from international superstars Rodrigo & Gabriella, who chose the trio as their support act on tours throughout the US and Europe in 2010 (and recruited Alex as a guest on their album 11/11) to Metallica’s Robert Trujillo, who joined the band for an impromptu jam at Radio City Music Hall.
“I love his work,” says Kirk Hammett of Metallica. “He has updated the notion of what a standard is, and it’s opened up all the current music to interpretation.”
Veritas (Palmetto) reached the Top Ten of the iTunes Jazz chart, nestled in between Miles Davis and Esperanza Spalding. But this new voice of jazz guitar has sprung forth from somewhere most unexpected: thrash metal.
One of the most respected metal lead guitar players of his generation, Alex relocated to New York City from his native Berkeley, California, over a decade ago to immerse himself in jazz and earn a BFA in Jazz Performance from the New School. These days he can be found performing in some of the world’s biggest venues with his seminal thrash metal band, Testament as well as headlining jazz clubs with his acclaimed Trio.
The Alex Skolnick Trio features Matt Zebroski (drums) and Nathan Peck (bass). Watch them perform "War Pigs" here:
Alex Skolnick Trio Tour Dates
Dec 5 - Philadelphia, PA North Star Bar / Best Buy / Oxford Valley, 3pm
Dec 6 - Pittsburgh, PA Shadow Lounge
Dec 7 - Cleveland, OH NightTown
Dec 8 - Rochester, NY Abilene Bar & Lounge
Dec 9 - Albany, NY Red Square
Dec 10 – Burlington, VT Nectar’s
Dec 11 - Montreal, QUE Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill